The 1st day of the Early Access Program (EAP) opened up yesterday for the new gTLD’s .Auto, .Car and .Cars with day 1 prices set at $59,049.99 for each domain name at Godaddy and there appears to have been some takers at that price.
NEXTEV USA, Inc registered the domain names on January 12th:
NEXTEV USA seems to be the US operations of a Planned Chinese car manufacture who is looking to produce cars to compete with Telsa.
NextEV intends to begin with an electric supercar, the most powerful out there – 1,000 hp and 0-62 mph (100 km/h) within 3 seconds.
Both domain names were registered at Godaddy where the 1st day EAP price for a registration is $59,049.99.
We can only assume that We Car might be the name of the first vehicle planned to be produced by NextEV.
Other registrations that show a creation date of January 12th, the first day of EAP include brand domains that could have been registered in Sunrise:
Those domain names were registered at Hexonet.
Lamborghini is owned by Audi.
It appears Audi passed on its chance to register it’s .Auto, .Car and .Cars in Sunrise as well, as of publication those domains remain unregistered.
.Auto, .Car and .Cars are jointly owned by Uniregistry and XYZ.
Day 2 of EAP opens later today and the price at Godaddy drops to $34,049.99
I thought one of the reasons for the “need” for more domain options was all of the affordable .com’s were gone. With prices like these for the new extensions it obviously was/is A SCAM.
This is EAP and when they enter general availability the prices will come down.
So you think that $60,000.00 is a reasonable price for a domain name that was never registered before???? It’s an obvious cash grab even worse than the .sucks extortion program. Sad times.
This REALLY puts a bad light on our “Industry”.
Does Frank actually think that is a fair price for a new reg????
Frank believe only in $$$ 🙂
I don’t agree with that. Frank provides an AMAZING service via DNS that he does not charge a PENNY for. It’s the best system available that I have used over the years. I think these new gtld’s are having some growing pains and what the h@ll why not charge whatever you can for something. I just think it is out of character for him as he always seems to avoid the gouge whenever I have used his services. I wish all the success to Frank with ALL of his ventures I just was shocked when perception of the industry is tainted with these MASSIVE cash grabs for new gtld’s. Of course they should be allowed to recoup costs but $60k for a name like newev.car seems crazy. As mentioned before all of the trademark holders could just wait for general reg and file udrp’s on anyone that has their name. Simple, cheap, avoid the $60k wallop. Now EV.car that should cost a few bucks but newev??? Fun times.
The link on your signature is full of malware. Get a life!
So the “little guy” has to pay 60k?…I’ll stick with am radio 😉
Michael Berkens says
First of all no one had to pay $60,000
They elected to register it on the 1st day of EAP they could have waited for GA and paid $2,800 or another day when the price dropped.
Second this is a joint venture between Frank and Daniel.
Third do you know how much it cost XYZ to acquire .Car From Google, I don’t know but if it was a lot they are going to try to make their money back.
Fourth the registrant for those two domains is not a mom and pop business but a well funded Chinese company going to compete with Telsa, definitely not a “little guy”
Its a free market, do you know how much it cost fr
Mike, we were all sold on the concept of the little guy having more affordable options for domain names. This extension is yet another example (of a long list of examples) that has no semblance that ‘promise’. It’s money grab..nothing wrong with “grabbing money”….we’re all here trying to “grab money” to feed our families. It’s just the dishonest-use care salesmen like-shove it down your throat, way this whole thing was presented. It’s just laughable. The fact that “Mr. CEO” is involved in this makes it even more absurd. smh.
Michael Berkens says
You know these guys didn’t spend hundreds of million of dollars (all the applicants) just to make domain names more affordable to the little guys for one if they did they would be all out of business.
Yes domains are a profit making deal.
Think about .web if that costs by my estimate $50 Million to get how do you make that money back charging $10 a year retail which is maybe $7 wholesale less the cost of operating the registry which is a few bucks a year.
I mean these are wealthy smart businessman. Its not a charity they didn’t invest all the money they did to sell cheap domains and lose their ass.
Come on guys
:”You know these guys didn’t spend hundreds of million of dollars (all the applicants) just to make domain names more affordable to the little guys”
Then why was it even suggested that it was one of the MAIN reasons for the new extensions? Do you seriously think this puts the industry in a good light?? $60k for a reg they probably could have got via a UDRP if anyone else registered it. Why don’t all the trademark holders just wait for general reg and then file udrp’s on anyone that grabs their names. Tens of thousands of dollars would/could be saved.
Your comment shows your ignorance in regards to sunrise periods, trademarks and UDRPs. Maybe you should do a little more research before making such comments.
Please enlighten me domain “master”. There is no way $60k for that dog was reasonable. Can you say”hosed”.
Now EV.car is a nice name and I could see someone paying the $30k for that or more. It’s still available.